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  • 8 Simple DIET Tips to Keep Healthy this Monsoon

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 July 2017

    Monsoon showers  come as a relief from the gruelling heat but also bring with them health irritants like allergies, infections and indigestion. The rain water makes it easy for mosquitoes to breed ,hence increases the risk of mosquito transmitted infections, such as  malaria,chikungunya & dengue. In addition, the high humidity can contribute to numerous skin diseases and fungal infections. People must be aware of these and should take preventive measures during this season. Here are 8 DIET TIPS to keep Healthy this Monsoon Avoid Oily Food Humidity levels are high during the monsoon because of which the capability of the body to digest is at its lowest.   Therefore, avoid heavy and oily food like samosa,pakoras, kachoris etc during this season as they could cause gastronomical complications like bloating and stomach upset.If temped to have, restrict yourself to a small portion and cook at home preferably Wash all fruits & vegetables properly  Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption to avoid bacterial infection . Considering the risk of infection, it is always better to avoid leafy green vegetables during monsoon. The grime and dampness present in them makes them highly susceptible to germs. So avoid vegetables like spinach, cabbage and cauliflower instead, go for vegetables like bitter gourd( karela), bottle gourd (ghiya),ridge gourd( tori ),round gourd(tinda ),etc. Make sure all vegetables are thoroughly washed and cooked well. Hydrate Yourself You may not feel too thirsty but you should keep hydrating the body, otherwise it may lead to a drop in the immunity and make you lethargic. Ensure you drink plenty of boiled water or purified water. You can also squeeze some lemon in it. Even if you are not a fan,do prepare herbal tea adding herbs and spices like  tulsi, mint,  cinnamon, ginger, cardamom etc and consume daily during monsoon season.  Barley water is also good during monsoon since it helps in preventing water retention in the body Eat Cut Fruits/ Salads with Caution Any fresh food items that have had a long exposure to the monsoon air should be avoided. Even at home, make sure you do not leave cut fruits out for very long. Any prolonged exposure to the air can cause contamination. This is the reason why we should avoid street food during rainy season since the  vendors have the fruits and vegetables cut up well in advance, which could have come in contact with contaminated air. Keep Away form Street Food Also stay away from items like gol gappa, papdi chat,fruit chaats,dahi bhallas etc where unpurified water can be used, which is a carrier of waterborne diseases. Also these food items not being heated / boiled can be a fertile ground for microbial growth. Can prepare these at home and consume fresh Ones with Allergies Beware People who are prone to skin allergies during monsoon should not eat spicy food because spicy food stimulates the circulation and raises body temperature, which leads to skin irritation, allergies and diseases Improve on your Immunity Even moderate zinc deficiency can suppress the immune system. So include foods high in zinc like egg, seafoods, lean meats, oils seeds, nuts etc  Garlic and ginger can be added to soups and curries , which helps in building the body's immunity. Curd is more suitable than milk during the season, since curd  has some live bacteria. It is a fact that two live bacteria named lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are present in curd which are effective in preventing stomach problems Walk / Exercise Moderate physical activity is known to help in boosting  immunity. Yoga is found to have beneficial effects on general health and fitness especially during monsoon when outdoor activities get  restricted to home.                                                                                          ...............Dr.Shalini Singhal &Team

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Shalini Singhal

Chief Nutritionist in Delhi NCR, India 

Dr. Shalini Singhal (Dietician & Nutritionist in Dwarka, Delhi NCR, India) is a Doctorate and PG Gold Medalist in Nutrition, an eminent healthcare professional with over 20 years experience in Nutrition Solutions Industry. Dr. Shalini Singhal brings in expertise from the world's best,scientifically proven and WHO endorsed wellness programs from USA, Pritikin Longevity Centre and also from other reknowned slimming & fitness companies like VLCC Health Care Ltd. She has headed Pritikin India and VLCC Nutri Diet Clinic and other Wellness Projects and spearheaded R&D initiatives in the field for several years. She has extensive experience of handling people who desire to lose weight and who have other associated problems. Her endeavors are focussed towards providing the most advanced and scientifically proven diet therapy for weight & disease management. Dr. Shalini Singhal (Dietician & Nutritionist  in Dwarka, Delhi NCR, India) has been an Educator and Trainer for dieticians and nutritionists pan India. She has written and published several original and review articles in various national and international journals on health, diet & nutrition. She has been participating in various conferences and is the Panelist of Nutrition & Wellness Club of various public schools in New Delhi NCR, India. Dr. Shalini Singhal has been promoting lifestyle modification programs for health and wellness at various events in schools in Dwarka & Gurgaon, colleges, clubs and corporate houses.
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